Arizona is an exciting home state for those looking for a mild winter and a dry warm climate. It is incredibly popular amongst retirees, and there are great tax advantages in place for them. But there are people of all ages moving to Arizona, because of the exciting career opportunities from Fortune 500 companies that call the state home.
There is much to know about this impressive and unique state. If you are considering or planning a move to Arizona, here are a few things you should know, to help you avoid surprises.
- There are an abundance of natural attractions like the Grand Canyon, the Arizona deserts, mountain ranges, forests, craters, ancient petroglyphs, waterfalls, and more.
- Most of Arizona has triple digit heat in the summer, but not everywhere. Do your research to know what you should expect from your new hometown.
- You can't do without a car in Arizona, as there are vast distances between practically everywhere. However, the light rail in Phoenix is an incredibly popular and affordable form of mass transit.
- Night sounds include the howling of coyotes. There are also a variety of other wild animals native to Arizona.
- Golf is practically the state sport.
- Despite having a higher than average crime rate, Arizonans also have higher than average levels of happiness.
- There are several professional sports teams based in Arizona like the Diamondbacks, Cardinals, Suns and Coyotes, but the big pro sports season is the off season. Spring training for Major League Baseball is held in Arizona and California. The Cactus League, as the Arizona based camps are called gives Arizonans the opportunity to take in top quality ball games.
- Surprisingly Arizona actually gets some snow. Mountain ranges in the northern part of the state provide excellent downhill skiing.
- The state's cuisine takes its inspiration from its surroundings and its neighbors, with cactus jelly, prickly pear margaritas, and Mexican food being some of the most popular options.
- Arizona spas are in a league of their own, making them a popular choice amongst those who travel for spa vacations.
- There is no Daylight Savings Time in Arizona, one of only two states to opt out of it.
- Its history is an exciting one of outlaws and the Wild West, which is still celebrated with regular events.
- An impressive one-quarter of the state is comprised of Native American Indian reservations and has more Native American language speakers than any other state.
- If you are moving to Phoenix, you can expect to have choice in your high speed Internet and cable providers. You get faster web access and more channels than those who live in more rural parts of the state. Outside of major metropolitan areas, choice and speeds are much less than what is available in big cities. Be sure to do your research using an online search tool to find out exactly what is available in your new area.
Knowledge is power when it comes to moving. Invest time in doing research about the town you are moving to and learning everything you can. It makes your adjustment so much easier.